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Driving Theory Test Centres in St Helens

St Helens theory test centre is handily located right in the centre of this attractive historical town . With easy access by bus, train and car, it’s a convenient option for anyone coming from in and around the Merseyside area. We’ll cover everything you need to know about this centre, including pass rates, wait times, contact details and much more!


2nd Floor, Century House Hardshaw Street Merseyside St Helens Merseyside WA10 1QU

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.

Waiting Times

4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


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Arriving at St Helens Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Great news for those taking the train into town—the test centre is a very short walk from the station. Yes, if you disembark at St Helens Central, you can walk to your test in a very speedy 4 minutes!

If, on the other hand, you’re taking the bus, you’ll spend even less time on your feet. Get off at Bickerstaffe Street and the test centre is 2 minutes away. Alternatively, you can hop off at the Claughton Street bus stop and enjoy a 3-minute walk to your test.

Looking for more detailed information like timetables and ticket prices? Pay a visit to the St Helens Council or Merseytravel websites.

By car

Those planning to get to the test centre by car should find the journey fairly straightforward. The simplest approach is to type WA10 1QU into a sat nav. Unless you already live within the town, it’s likely you’ll end up on the A58. The test centre is very close to the town hall, so it should be easy to spot once you find yourself in the heart of St Helens.


As tends to be the norm with theory test centres, no on-site parking is available. There are a few affordable options very close by, though. Try to grab a spot at the Hardshaw Shopping Centre car park, where you’ll be charged £1.50 for 2 hours of parking. It’s only a 3-minute walk from the test centre. It’s also worth trying the Tolver Street car park, which is 6 minutes away and charges £1.20 for 2 hours.

Pass Rates by Year

The pass rate for the St Helens theory test centre have been declining over the past few years. That all changed in 2017/18, though—with a slight rise taking them just above the national average. After another dip, they tilted back above the national average in 2019-20. Of course, none of this really has any impact on your chance of passing the test. It’ll be the same wherever you take it.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
48.0% 46.9% 48.9% 46.2% 47.5%

Guides and Tips

All exams require a bit of studying, and the theory test is no different. Make sure you set aside time to learn the relevant information and revise it until you feel confident in your ability to pass. There are multiple resources out there that can help you in this endeavour—here are a few of our top picks.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

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38-40 Market Street

7.7 miles away

By rail: Wigan North Western

2017/18 pass rate: 48.8%

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Lower Ground Floor
5 Covent Garden
L2 8TD

11.1 miles away

By rail: James Street

2017/18 pass rate: 49.7%

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A good night’s sleep is sure to set you up for a day of success! Don’t stay up too late the night before your test, or you might be too tired to remember any of the answers! In fact, it might even be worth booking into a hotel in the local area so you have plenty of time to make it to the test centre in the morning. Check out a few places to stay in St Helens, below.

St Helens Hotel ★★★★☆

The closest option to the test centre is the aptly named St Helens Hotel, at a 12-minute walk away. As well as comfy rooms and lovely toiletries, this place boasts a full fitness centre and spa. Take a dip in the pool or let your pre-test nerves melt away in the sauna. Wit woo!

Premier Inn St Helens South ★★★★☆

For something a bit more basic and affordable, you can’t go wrong with this Premier Inn. They have everything you need for a convenient and comfortable stay—comfy bedding, free WiFi and tea and coffee-making facilities. Located slightly out of town, this is a good option for those who are travelling by car.

Parkview Hotel and Guest House ★★★☆☆

If you like more of a personal touch, make your way to the Parkview Hotel and Guest House. Situated in an 1890 Victorian mansion, this family-run place will make you feel at home. Enjoy a full cooked breakfast, convenient on-site parking and a tastefully decorated room. What more could you need?!

Places to Celebrate

Finished with the test but not ready to say goodbye to St Helens? Stick around for a drink or two—there are plenty of places to try out! Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start—we’ve gone to the trouble of listing a few of our personal favourites. Give one (or two!) of these a go:

Sefton Arms

This traditional style pub is very laid back and a great option if you’re just looking to catch a quiet pint before heading home. There are plenty of real ales on offer, alongside Sky Sports and even some tasty pub grub. Just what you’ll fancy after a day of answering questions about the highway code!

The News Room Cafe Bar

The News Room is more of a pub than a bar, and a very nice pub at that. There’s a great range of drinks including your classic ales, some delightful gins and a very tempting wine menu. Arrive at the right time and you might even be treated to some live music!


For those looking for a slightly younger clientele, the Tank might be right up your street. This bar hosts exciting local bands and serves up some very enticing cask ales. With a great atmosphere and friendly staff, it’s a must for all of you music lovers.

What Happens Next?

For those residing in Merseyside, the St Helens theory test centre is definitely worth checking out. Its close proximity to the central train station and various bus stops means it’s handily located for locals and visitors alike.

With a theory test pass certificate under your belt you’ll be ready to tackle the final stage of your driving journey—the practical test. Book online via the DVSA or let PassMeFast take care of it. Make sure you have your theory test pass certificate number to hand, as you’ll need it to secure a test. Those from the St Helens area will probably find it convenient to take their test at either St Helens test centre or Warrington test centre.

Not managed to pass the theory test yet? Don’t fret—it’s very easy to book yourself another test. Just be sure to leave a gap of at least 3 working days between the new test and your old one. At least now you know what to expect from the test. Try to squeeze in some extra revision and the next attempt should be a doddle!

No matter where you’re up to in terms of learning to drive, PassMeFast can organise everything you need to get your licence as soon as possible. As you can see from our wide course selection, we’ve got something for beginners and those with a lot of driving experience. Give our friendly team a call on 0333 123 4949 to find out more.

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